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Brendan Bushy's goal from his own circle, Dylan Anhorn's rebound tally lift SCSU over Colorado College

Graduate student defenseman Anhorn scores with 3:32 left in the third period for the game-winner for the No. 4/5-ranked Huskies. Jaxon Castor stopped 28 shots for the win.

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St. Cloud State goaltender Jaxon Castor (40), seen here in this file photo, improved to 5-2 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .923 save percentage this season.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — There was strong goaltending on both ends, but a late rebound goal ended up being the game-winner.

Dylan Anhorn knocked in a rebound of a Micah Miller shot with 3:32 left in regulation and the No. 4/5-ranked St. Cloud State men's hockey team added an empty-net goal for a 3-1 NCHC win over Colorado College on Friday at Robson Arena.

The Huskies (3-2 NCHC, 10-3 overall) and Tigers (2-2-1, 5-7-1) play again at 7 p.m. Saturday. SCSU will be looking for its ninth straight win over CC.

Jaxon Castor, a senior from Phoenix, Arizona, made 28 saves to pick up the win for the Huskies. It was the third game this season that Castor has limited an opponent to one goal and he improved to 5-2 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .923 save percentage this season.

The lone goal that Castor gave up came via some bad luck. Tigers freshman forward Noah Laba took a shot and Huskies freshman forward Ryan Roseborough dove to deflect the puck away and knocked the puck between Castor's legs at 5:31 of the second period to tie the game at 1-1.

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The Huskies got an even flukier goal to open the scoring. Brendan Bushy, a graduate student defenseman from Thief River Falls, Minn. , went to clear the puck on the penalty kill. Bushy's clearing shot from the hashmark near the right boards in the SCSU defensive zone bounced past freshman Kaidan Mbereko at 17:44 of the second period for a 1-0 lead.

Bushy's first goal of the season was the fifth short-handed goal of the season for the Huskies.

The Huskies added an empty-net goal by Zach Okabe at 19:49 of the third period.

Mbereko, the two-time defending NCHC Goaltender of the Week, made 26 saves for the Tigers. It was the first loss of the season for Colorado College at home.

No. 4/5 SCSU 3, Colorado College 1

SCSU 0-1-2—3
CC 0-0-1—1

First period scoring — None. Penalties — CC, Connor Mayer (tripping) 3:00; CC, Mayer (roughing) 16:06.

Second period — 1. SCSU, Brendan Bushy 1 (Jack Peart 8, Jami Krannila 7) 17:44 (sh). Penalties — SCSU, Grant Cruikshank (cross-checking) 4:56; CC, Laba (holding) 4:56; SCSU, Adam Ingram (tripping) 6:43; SCSU, Mason Salquist (holding) 16:38.

Third period — 2. CC, Noah Laba 7 (Gleb Veremyev 5, Chase Foley 3) 5:31; 3. SCSU, Dylan Anhorn 3 (Micah Miller 6) 16:28; 4. SCSU, Zach Okabe (Krannila 8) (en). Penalties — None.

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Goalie saves — SCSU: Jaxon Castor 15-5-8—28 (1 GA); CC: Kaidan Mbereko 15-4-7—26 (2 GA).

Penalties-minutes — SCSU 3-6, UST 3-6.

Power plays — SCSU 0-2; CC 0-2.

Faceoffs — SCSU 33-31.

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